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Indiana Law Annotated

Vol. 29 No. 12 (November 21, 2005)

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HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21

Classes will not be held from Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 25. The ILA would like to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Deadline Today for Admissions Fellows

Today is the deadline for those interested in becoming Admissions Fellows to submit a resume and letter of interest to Dani Weatherford, associate director of admissions. If you have questions about the program, contact Weatherford at maweathe@indiana.edu.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22

IPA Final Meeting of Semester

The Intellectual Property Association (IPA) will be holding its last meeting of the semester in room 120 at 12:15 p.m. We will discuss IP internships, job fairs, outlines, and events for next semester. Snacks will be provided.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Union Board Sponsors Mock Appeal

The Union Board is revisiting the landmark case Roe v. Wade by sponsoring a mock Supreme Court appeal of Carhart v. Gonzales at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union.

FACULTY NEWS

Professor Ajay Mehrotra was the discussant at a panel on "Historical Perspectives on Changes to Congress and the Courts" at the Social Science History Association Conference in Portland, Ore.

On November 16, Professor Alex Tanford presented an argument in the Indiana Supreme Court on the effect of a rebuttable presumption of nonliability for manufacturers who comply with federal safety standards in a product liability case. He is pleased to report that despite the dryness of the topic, no justice fell asleep. The case is Schultz v. Ford Motor Co., and the argument can be viewed online at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/supreme/ (click on "oral arguments online").

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Angel Tree Program

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is taking part in the Angel Tree Christmas program this holiday. Angel Tree Christmas works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. During the week of Nov. 28, CLS members will have tables set up to collect donations to help buy Christmas presents for children of prisoners. For more information, visit www.pfm.org, and click on the "Angel Tree" tab at the top of the Web page.

Admissions Fellows Wanted

Second- and third-year students are encouraged to apply for a new admissions and recruiting program aimed at making even more personal contacts with prospective students. Admissions Fellows will be an extension of our very successful tour guide and summer student assistant programs. Six Fellows will be selected for the spring semester to contact admitted students and guide them through the process; to participate in open houses, online chats, and Spring Law Day; and to act as a Law School representative at other events. Fellows will be required to hold evening office hours for the purpose of contacting students by phone and to attend periodic meetings with the Admissions Office staff. Fellows will receive a stipend of $500 for their efforts and will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week. Fellows will be selected based on personality/interpersonal skills; previous participation in Law School activities, including Admissions programs and events; and personal interviews. Those students who are interested in participating should submit a resume and letter of interest to Dani Weatherford by Monday, Nov. 21. Interviews will be scheduled for the week of Nov. 28. If you have questions about the program, contact Weatherford at maweathe@indiana.edu.

PDP Hosts Holiday Toy Drive

Phi Delta Phi (PDP) International Legal Fraternity is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive in the lobby. If you have spare toys or some extra change, please visit the toy box at the PDP table, and help disadvantaged children have a happy holiday!

Annual Law School Trial Tournament

Impress your friends! Gain courtroom experience! Pad your resume! Find out if you're the next Perry Mason! Plan now to participate in the Law School Trial Tournament to be held Jan. 7 through 11, just before the start of next semester. The rules are simple. The tournament is open to all 2Ls and 3Ls who have not previously competed. You do not need to be taking trial advocacy or any other course. For more information and instructions on how to register, visit the tournament Web site at http://law.indiana.edu/webinit/tanford/tournament/. Contact Professor Alex Tanford (tanford@indiana.edu) if you have questions.

Trial Competition Team: Spring 2006

There are several openings on the trial competition team for the spring semester. For more information about the trial team, visit http://law.indiana.edu/webinit/tanford/trialteam/. 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible. Students will be invited to join the team based on their performances in the Law School Trial Tournament, so participation in the tournament is necessary for consideration. Contact Professor Alex Tanford (tanford@indiana.edu) if you have questions.

Directed Reading Opportunity for Spring 2006

Professors of school law from the School of Education are looking for a few law students to assist with their undergraduate secondary education or elementary education school law courses. Law students would assist with lesson plans, grading, and some teaching. Topics addressed in the course include church/state relations, student speech rights, special education law, teacher privacy rights, tort law, and teacher contracts. Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings. The time commitment would be approximately 3-5 hours per week, and students can receive 1 directed reading credit. This is not a paid position. If you are interested, please e-mail a resume to Professor Suzanne Eckes at seckes@indiana.edu

Sign Up for BARBRI

BARBRI is the nation's leading bar review program, designed to enable you to pass the bar exam the first time you take it. By enrolling in BARBRI now, you lock into the current tuition rate. Your enrollment includes the BARBRI Law School Program, which includes the First Year Review Volume, Upper Level Review Volume, and MPRE Review Volume. These study aides contain comprehensive outlines for all your core law school courses (all 1L classes and important bar exam subjects) with practice exam questions and answers to help you succeed in law school. The MPRE is an additional free review course with BARBRI membership, containing outlines, more than 300 practice questions, a four-hour review, and handouts prepared by national experts. The program also includes StudySmart Software that offers hundreds of test questions and answers and access to final exam review lectures led by leading law school professors. All BARBRI events take place at IU Bloomington. Visit the BARBRI table for an enrollment card. Simply fill out the card, and turn it in for any state in the nation. Or, visit http://www.barbri.com, select your desired state, and enroll online. If you elect to enroll online, you must visit the BARBRI table to pick up your BARBRI Law School Program materials. Sign up early to receive a discount. An information table will be set up in the lobby every day at lunch. For more information, contact Lucas White (lunwhite@indiana.edu) or Geoff Smith (gedsmith@indiana.edu), your head student BARBRI representatives at IU Bloomington. For a comprehensive description of BARBRI, visit http://www.barbri.com/about/about_frame.htm.

Get Involved with the Pro Bono Project

Would you like to network with attorneys? Do you need more real-world legal experience in order to find a job or to decide what area of law to pursue? Is there a specialty area of law that you would like to pursue, but do not know how? The Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce that students can accomplish all of the above while earning one B710 credit. By becoming involved with the Pro Bono Project, students can work with local attorneys and/or pro se litigants on a variety of cases in a variety of specialty areas. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane Walker, District 10 Pro Bono Project coordinator, at Dist10probono@aol.com

Scheduling Events

All e-mail about reserving classrooms must be sent to BL-LAW-EVENTS. Mail must be sent to the correct address, bl-law-events (for Outlook users) or bl-events-law@exchange.indiana.edu (for non-Outlook users). Please include the date and time of event, the length of time room will be needed, the classroom requested, and the number of people attending the event. Requests should be sent at least one week before the event and should include the name of the person requesting, the organization planning the event, and an e-mail address. Confirmations will be sent by reply e-mail. Thank you!

Audio-Video Services

Requests for AV services may be sent to Beth at av@exchange.indiana.edu. Please include the name of your group and the e-mail address of the contact person, a description of what you want to do, and the date, location, starting time, and duration of the event. Requests must be made at least 48 hours in advance and will be confirmed by e-mail.

ILA SUBMISSIONS

The Indiana Law Annotated (ILA) is published every Monday while school is in session with news about the coming week. Information and articles for the ILA should be submitted to ila@indiana.edu by Thursday at noon for inclusion in Monday's edition. If you have questions about an item appearing in the ILA, please contact Debbie O'Leary (e-mail at ila@indiana.edu, or phone 855-2426). To view past issues, visit www.law.indiana.edu/publications/ila/.